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Love it! I love the skirt guard, and the colour. My bike has an enclosed chain and I love it because I never have to think about it!

I think my bike is too tall for me too, my legs are long enough for the pedals, but not the ground. In fact, the other day I went on our city's first annual Tweed Ride ( http://rycrafty.com/2012/05/22/tweed-ride-2012/ ) and even though I was wearing shoes with 3" heels, I still had to lean a little to one side at stoplights to get a foot down. ;) I just loved the bike to much not to come home with that particular gorgeous purple model.

Smokin' :)

FYI, if you really aren't loving the colour let me know -- its pretty easy to paint a bike frame & I <3 spray paint! Plus I've been dying for an excuse to check out the new spray paint store near my house :)

VERY nice, and a very standard bike here. And a totally suitable name: Wilhelmina, btw, was the queen of the Netherlands in the early part of the 20th century. And, yeah, her name is EVERYWHERE...street names, buildings, etc etc...

And I'm NOT insane; thank you for reassuring me! For some reason in this country, NOBODY buys a bike in which their toes touch the ground when they are sitting on the seat. At every red light, they dismount (or have one foot on a curb) and then get on again when the light turns green. My first bike (a really old 2nd hand Gazelle) fit like yours does and I loved it; I was totally in control. The second one (a 10-year-old Gazelle) freaked me out...my husband said it was SUPPOSED to fit like that but I had a freakout in the middle of Haarlem on a Saturday afternoon trying to dodge traffic and people and other cyclists. I couldn't get down and up again fast enough. But weirdly, Dutchies insist that it's MORE dangerous to touch your toes to the pavement when sitting on the seat!

When I ask why, they say, "Erhm...uhhhh...errrr..."

Love love love the creamy green color, the red pinstripes, the handsome leather seat.
Have a blast on your new Wilhelmina!

That bike is fabulous, and very you. Congratulations on finally picking one out. I am deeply envious of its many clever features, especially the fenders and chain guard.

Lovely choice Steph! You look great on it!

Love your new bike! I wish my bike had a chain guard like that. My Gary Fisher Capitola is wonderful in every other way but that.

Stephanie, it is beautiful!! I am totally jealous.

The bike looks awesome. I wonder how much it would be to put a full chain guard and fenders on my old bike. It would certainly make riding it in work clothes much more feasible.

You are not supposed to be able to touch the ground while seated if the bike is properly fitted to you, EXCEPT for bikes made for that purpose like your old Townie where the crank was a bit forward. Your leg should be almost extended (knee a bit bent) when the pedal is at the bottom of its rotation. You should dismount when you stop. Here's a nice article on stopping and starting.


I love the bike! But really want to know where you got those awsome panniers???? I rally need something so crazy cool like that...

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